The world has seen massive changes in the last few months. Surprising political and economic movements aside, technology has changed drastically. However, one entity has remained unaffected by the constant flux of change, the internet and its users’ need for net neutrality and privacy.
Computers and microprocessors have become ubiquitous over the past decade. Your smart phone, your television set and possibly even your coffee maker has some form of computing chip inside of it allowing it to carry out its functions. Computing power has increased exponentially over the past few decades. Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits will double every 18 months, has been true for the last few decades. However, computer technology has advanced so rapidly in the past couple of years that transistors are rapidly the theoretical limit, the size of atoms. Scientists are trying to circumvent this issue through something known as ‘Quantum Computing’.
Alphabet is one of the most versatile companies in the world. Under their umbrella, they have very innovative subsidiaries, the largest of which is Google. Google has known to be appreciative of developers and holds high regard for the latest breakthrough in software. It also holds an annual developer conference to encourage upcoming developers and to showcase their latest breakthroughs in consumer technology. Among many other things, Google announces the latest release and discusses a few of the new Android version’s highlights and differentiating features. Following the conference, Google releases a beta version – updated over the months – to give developers time to optimise their applications before the latest version of the operating system is officially pushed as an updates to millions of users all across the globe later in the year. This was an orthodox process that started in 2014 with Android Lollipop (Apple follows the same timeline with latest versions of OS X and iOS being released as a beta as soon as WWDC ends). This year, however, Google decided to break the continuity of this process; and stunned the Internet community by releasing a developer beta for Android N about three months before the ‘official’ unveiling of the new version of the operating system at Google I/O 2016.